How To Spot A FAKE Facebook Friend Request

By Michael Krisa, Executive Editor - Posted on
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A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about what to do when you get Facebook messages from your friends asking you – “Why Are You Trying To Friend Me Again?”

At first glance, you may think that your Facebook account has been hacked when in fact, someone has copied your profile page and is fishing for your friends’s list.

If you haven’t read the article and watched the corresponding video about what to do to protect your friend’s list, here is the link- Mysterious Facebook Friend Requests – Have I Been Hacked?

Today I want to cover the other half of the equation … what to do when someone sends YOU a friend request AND you know that you’re already friends.

Watch the video below as I walk you through what to look for and the steps to take to protect your account.


What to Do When You Get A Request That Might Be Fake

If you suspect the friend request you just received is fake follow the steps below – frankly, this is a good habit to get into for all your friend requests!

Step 1 – NEVER accept a friend request without checking out their corresponding profile page first.

Step 2 – copy/paste the friend’s name into the Facebook search box on the top of your page. Check to see if there are multiple profile pages using the same photo.

Step 3 – Open the profile page in question and see how complete it looks, or what kind of activity it has. Most fake profile pages have little to no content, posts or photos because the imposter doesn’t expect you to actually look at this page. They are banking on people to simply ACCEPT the random friend request without following any precautions.

Step 4 – If after looking around this profile page you suspect that is indeed a fake, to the right of the profile page photo you’ll see 4 small boxes: Friends, Following, Message and then 3 dots (…).

Step 5 – Click on the three dots, which will then open a menu – scroll down to the option that reads: “Give feedback or Report this profile” and click it. Once you do that a dialogue box will open allowing you to select “Fake profile.” Select it and then click “Done” at the bottom of the dialogue box to inform Facebook of this suspected fake profile page.


Let The REAL Friend Know!

It would also be good etiquette to message the real profile owner to let them know that someone is sending friend requests using that fake profile page with their info.

I would also recommend that you get into the habit of regularly entering YOUR own name in Facebook search to see if anyone has created a fake profile using your photo and name.

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Michael Krisa
Michael is a licensed real estate broker, a syndicated columnist and a freelance internet marketing consultant. As a sought after speaker and trainer, he is best known for helping to utilize video and video marketing in a way that actually works to make you money! As Executive Editor, Michael is very excited to bring his years of experience in real estate marketing to the team.
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8 thoughts on “How To Spot A FAKE Facebook Friend Request”

  1. Great information! So much disreputable stuff going on today. Thanks for the explanation & tips on what to do.

    1. You are most welcome Sharon – and yes – you have to be ever vigilant these days with social media!

      All Good Wishes,

  2. Before I report the fake account to Facebook, I check with that friend in Messenger and ask if they’ve created a new account. Sometimes they have for whatever reason created a new account. But if they haven’t- then we proceed with the reporting….. once you report it, Facebook notifies your friend that’s been “cloned” that there is a fake account and Facebook deleted that fake account.

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